Smart Watches: A 2015 Trend

One of the more recent trends in tech is the smart watch. A variety of companies have been playing around and trying to make wearable tech from glasses (The Google Glass) to wristbands. The closest mainstream trend is the wristband utilized for fitness related capabilities (like Fitbit, Jawbone, and the Nike Fuelband) that can track your exercise, sleep and diet. Now companies are seeing that with the right price consumers are interested in wearable technology that is an extension of their smartphones and other app-related platforms like tablets.

Continue reading “Smart Watches: A 2015 Trend”

A Book in Your Hand or iPad – Cruisin' by Sarah Mlynowski

I was browsing through the Chesapeake Library’s Overdrive downloadable collection and saw Cruisin’. It has a great cover photo of blue water and a girl in a pink bikini. Well, I’m going on my first cruise this year and thought it must be my destiny to check out this book. Maybe I’ll get some tips for my trip!


I checked out the book and downloaded in just a few minutes. It was a great story and I finished it in two nights. It also included an excerpt from Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by the same author. Can’t wait to check that out!

Reading on my iPad was more fun than I expected. Plus, I can return my book and get another without leaving home.

About the book, I hope the passengers on this cruise are NOT on my ship!

[polldaddy poll=7093945]

Rule Breaker: Wordy Apps for Book Lovers

I recently acquired a smart phone. Since The Upgrade, I’ve been using Apps like a maniac.

In no particular order, here are some exceptionally FUN social word game Apps:

Words With Friends is like Scrabble.

Phrase Friends is like Wheel of Fortune.

Ruzzle is like Boggle.

Aside from the fact that they are FREE, these games are great for staying connected with friends and family living outside your area code!!

Then there are the book related Apps:

Good Reads this is where I go when I want to read reviews on books, it also allows me to track what I’ve read by scanning the barcode on the back of the book and better still, I can see what my friends think of books. I love the website, but I kind of love the mobile version even more. “Meet your next favorite book.” Oh Good Reads, I’ve met so many wonderful worlds through you.

Teen Book Finder By YALSA This is the latest addition to my App Family. This App has books organized by genre, list, awards, and more. I’m really intrigued by the “Find It” button. Usually my first instinct is to decline when some stalker-app wants to keep tabs on my location. When I granted permission to YALSA it was a huge leap of faith, and I was tickled pink when they recommended a book and then recommended local libraries that have it available. How awesome is that? I’m not putting this App into the MUST download category, but I will admit I am pretty pleased with it at the moment!!

Overdrive My absolute FAVORITE book app, however, is the Overdrive App. Overdrive has an agreement with the Chesapeake Public Library so you can check out e-books through the app. You decide how long you want them, and it will return the books for you. Sayonara late fees!! This is one of the library’s best kept secrets!!! In addition to a wonderful array of teen literature, the library has just started adding graphic novels and manga to the digital collection.

Do you have a favorite Book/Word related App??

Don't Play With Your Food


Before I even open up this topic, I have to admit that I am prejudiced. I DO NOT accept that technology always equals progress. If you think it does, then I’m asking you,“WHAT exactly are we progressing toward?”


By 2050, we will need to have figured out a way to feed nine billion people, found a solution to protect our drinking water from pollution, and -almost certainly- adjust to some kind of drastic climate change. All this at the same time, and in less than 40 years!

Continue reading “Don't Play With Your Food”